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Fresh Thoughts is the monthly on-line newsletter of Second Harvest

Produce on the Move

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It is Mobile Produce Pantry season at Second Harvest! It is not a new program, but the name change this year from Farmer’s Market to Mobile Produce Pantry is one that we hope will help to better describe the program. “We feel that Mobile Produce Pantry more accurately represents what we do”, said Samantha Flores, Second Harvest’s Program & Member Services Manager. “There was a lot of confusion about the Farmer’s Markets, “Samantha added. “Our partner charities were fielding calls constantly from clients and potential vendors thinking they were traditional for-profits Farmer’s Markets.”

Based on extensive research by our national organization, Feeding America, we know the most readily available source of food donations to food banks is produce. Billions of pounds of food go un-harvested in our country and in Ohio which could be utilized by food banks to alleviate hunger. As a result of our participation in the Ohio Agricultural Clearance Program as well as our relationships with produce farmers in our region, specifically

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Moovin' & Groovin' at Generous Helpings

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Swamp Boogie Band, back by popular demand, at Generous Helping 2018! Their blend of energy and excitement is guaranteed to move your feet. They perform a diverse selection of Motown, Classic rock from the 60's-80's, dance, pop, soul, blues and R&B music which will touch your heart and soul. Music they promise will stir up old memories and create new ones. They are a north coast favorite performing everywhere from Port Clinton to Geneva on the Lake.

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Julie's Notes

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Schools are out for summer break and top of mind for us at Second Harvest is child hunger. During summer, children who are at-risk for hunger can prove costly in too many ways to ignore. The immediate impact for children from low income families can include cognitive decline, summer weight gain and learning loss. Long term problems can include susceptibility to chronic disease and compounded learning problems affecting graduation rates.

The Summer Food Service Program is a large part of how we partner to help children get healthy, nutritious snacks and meals throughout the summer months. The Summer Food Service Program ensures low-income children continue to receive

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Summer Food Service Program

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Hunger hits especially hard when kids are out of school for the summer. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. With the help of numerous sponsoring agencies and stakeholders, the Summer Food Service Program works to feed thousands of children in Ohio. Since 2014, Ohio has increased participation in the program by 10 percent.

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Cash Explosion Show Helps the Hungry

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The Ohio Lottery’s Cash Explosion Show delivered more than five tons of non-perishable food collected during the show’s Facing Hunger Campaign to Second Harvest Food Bank on June 1. Members of the Cash Explosion staff delivered the food which will be enough to provide 8,183 meals.The donations were made by Cash Explosion fans who attend the show tapings over the course of the campaign which runs from November to May. This year’s campaign generated a record of just over 10,000 pounds of food. Since its kick off in 2011, the Facing Hunger Campaign has donated 21 tons of food to food banks across Ohio.

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